Public law family fees – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 20th, 2007 in adoption, children, consultations, family courts, fees by sally

“A consultation on the government’s strategy for developing the fees system in the civil and family courts of England and Wales. The consultation sets out proposals to:

  • make changes to court fees in relation to Public Law Children Act process
  • make changes to fees charged for Adoption proceedings.”

Public Law Family Fees Consultation Paper (PDF)

Questionnaire (Word)

Ministry of Justice, 19th December 2007


Care proceedings reforms – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 19th, 2007 in children, family courts, news by sally

“The government is implementing key reforms to the child care proceedings system in England and Wales, following a review of the system completed in 2006. The reforms will improve the system and provide better outcomes for children while ensuring that resources are used in a timely and effective way.”

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Ministry of Justice, 18th December 2007


Family justice policy does not work for children, report says – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2007 in children, family courts, news by sally

“A key element of the government’s family justice policy is failing the children it was intended to help, a two-year study funded by the Ministry of Justice has concluded.”

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The Guardian, 10th December 2007


UK’s first drug and alcohol court – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2007 in alcohol abuse, drug offences, family courts, news by sally

“Three London councils have combined to set up the UK’s first Family Drug and Alcohol Court.”

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BBC News, 26th November 2007


Court secrecy rules hide child abuse errors – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2007 in child abuse, family courts, news by sally

“Shocking failures in the child protection system are being hidden by the secrecy of England’s family courts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th August 2007


Courts won’t reveal rulings in adoption cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2007 in adoption, family courts, news by sally

“Family courts are refusing to tell mothers why their babies are being taken away and put up for forced adoption.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2007


Family courts appeal wins backing of MPs – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2007 in family courts, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“A campaign for a public inquiry into miscarriages of justice in family courts has won the backing of 23 MPs, writes Ben Leapman.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2007


Faster childcare proceedings – vital for vulnerable children – HM Courts Service

Posted July 12th, 2007 in children, consultations, family courts by sally

“Consultations on proposals to speed up childcare proceedings and improve local authority applications to bring about quicker decisions on the care arrangements for vulnerable children.”

Faster childcare proceedings – vital for vulnerable children 

HM Courts Service, 11th July 2007


MP bids to lift secrecy in family courts – The Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2007 in adoption, family courts, news by sally

“A legal bid to lift the secrecy surrounding children taken from parents and put up for adoption has been launched by an MP.”

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The Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2007


The Ears of the Child in Family Proceedings – Speech by Lord Justice Wilson

Posted June 29th, 2007 in children, family courts by sally

The Ears of the Child in Family Proceedings (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Wilson, 28th June 2007


Don’t ignore children, urges judge – The Times

Posted June 29th, 2007 in children, family courts, news by sally

“A senior family judge has urged his fellow judges to stop children from being sidelined in court proceedings so that they failed to understand what was going on.”

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The Times, 29th June 2007


More family cases go behind closed doors – The Times

Posted June 21st, 2007 in family courts, news, private hearings by sally

“Thousands of children’s care cases will be heard behind closed doors under proposals from the Lord Chancellor yesterday that extend courts’ powers to exclude the media.”

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The Times, 21st June 2007


U-turn over plan for media in family courts – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2007 in family courts, news by sally

“The government is expected to do a U-turn today on its proposal to open up the family courts to the media, in the face of opposition from lawyers, social workers, young people and children’s organisations.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2007


The judge with children at heart – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 31st, 2007 in family courts, judges, special report by sally

“Nick Crichton takes children into care. Sitting as a full-time judge at the specialist family proceedings court in central London, he knows there is little chance that mothers will get their children back once the local authority has put them into long-term fostering or adoption.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2007


From start to finish – one case, one judge – The Times

Posted April 17th, 2007 in family courts, judges by sally

“If there’s a theme to his coming year in office it has to be judge power. District Judge Michael Tennant favours judges having powers to enforce orders for contact with children when flouted by parents; he favours judges being in charge of a case from start to finish; and above all he would like more resources for the courts — although that one, he accepts, is likely to remain on his wish list.”

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The Times, 17th April 2007